2010 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon "Pritchard Hill"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Pritchard Hill"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec & 10% Petit Verdot
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 1,291
KWG Score: 94.6 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: November 17, 2013
Wine Review: This opaque and midnight blue colored Cabernet based blend opens with a black cherry and funky barnyard like bouquet. On the palate, this wine medium bodied, smooth, and balanced. The flavor profile is a complex blend of black currant with notes of integrated minerality and hints of black plum, black pepper and gentle vanilla oak. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins are sticky. The panel felt this impressive Cab would pair well with a wild mushroom and boar ravioli or thick cut ribeye steak. Enjoy - KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: While 2010 yielded a very small crop of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is huge is huge in scale, with exceptional color, aromas, flavors and structure. The cool vintage produced remarkable concentration and complexity while accentuating the unique terroir of Pritchard Hill. The nose is rich and powerful, with abundant dark berry, cherry and plum aromas, as well as notes of dark chocolate, anise, and cardamom. Seemlessly integrated tannins balance the rich mouthfeel beautifully, underscoring flavors of dark fruit, cassis, roasted coffee and cedar. The mouth-coating richness persists long into the finish, where power and finesse resonate on the palate.
Organic status: not organic
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